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Bio | Ayesha Green


Ngāti Kahungunu, Kai Tahu

Born 1987

Lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

“In her studio-based practice, Ayesha Green sustains a provocative engagement with processes of reproduction. By her own admission, Green utilises mimicry and copying to undermine the authority of symbolic objects, questioning the authenticity of their claims to power. While giving precedence to source material from the era of first contact between Māori and Pākehā, Green continues to draw on a wide range of references. Attempting to transmute the power of inherited objects and images by establishing new reading’s, Green thus pushes back at European-centric practices of anthropology and classification, and the demonstrable military and cultural domination of our shared colonial history.”

Elle Loui August, Matters Art Journal Aotearoa: Issue 8 (2018)

Ayesha Green (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts from Wintec in 2009 and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts from Elam in 2013. In 2016 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts specalising in Museums and Cultural Heritage. In 2021 she won the Rydal Prize through the Tauranga Art Gallery, in 2020 she was a Springboard Arts Foundation Recipient and in 2019 she won the National Contemporary Art Awards. Recent exhibitions include: To the best of my Knowledge, Hastings City Art Gallery (2021); Good Citizen, Jhana Millers (2021); Toi Tū Toi Ora, Auckland Art Gallery 2020/21; Wrapped up in Clouds, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2020; Strands, The Dowse Art Museum (2019); Tuia — Southern Encounters, The Hocken Gallery (2019); Elizabeth the First, Jhana Millers (2019). Her work is in the collection of Te Papa Tongarewa, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Dowse Art Museum, The Govett-Brewster, The MTG Hawkes Bay and more.


Education

GradDipArt, Specialising in Museums and Cultural Heritage, University of Auckland, 2016

Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 2014

PGDipFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 2013

Bachelor of Media Arts, Waikato Institute of Technology, 2009


Exhibitions
2021

Autonomous Bodies: Figurative portraits by New Zealand women, wāhine, transgender and non-binary artists, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington (upcoming)

To the best of my Knowledge, Hastings City Art Gallery, Heretaunga

Good Citizen, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Nine Māori Painters, Tim Melville, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

The Right Place? Auckland Art Fair, Jhana Millers

2020

Toi Tū Toi Ora, Auckland Art Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau

Selected for commission of a sculpture in the Octagon with Dunedin City Council, Ōtepoti

Wrapped up in Clouds, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Ōtepoti

He Tohu, Jhana Millers Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Release the Stars, Tim Melville, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2019

Strands, The Dowse Art Musuem, Te Awakairangi, Lower Hutt

Tuia - Southern Encounters, The Hocken Gallery

National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Kirikiriroa, Hamilton

Elizabeth the First, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

You Had Fun Experience, George Fraser Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Living Portraits: Mata Raurangi, Auckland Art Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Modern People, NZ Portrait Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Two Oceans at Once, ST Paul St Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2018

Māori Girl, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Ōtepoti, Dunedin

EAST 2018, Hastings City Art Gallery, Heretaunga

(Un)Conditional Series, The Melbourne Art Fair, The Suter Gallery, The Physics Room, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

Alma Venus, Corbans Estate Art Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

2017

Here and Now, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Summa Pete, Papakura Art Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

The Spirit of the Thing Given, RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Biographies of Transition: Too Busy to Think, ArtSpace, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

On The Grounds, Starkwhite Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland


Scholarships/Awards/Residencies

The 2021 Rydal Art Prize through Tauranga Art Gallery

The Arts Foundation Springboard Award 2020

2019 Winner, the National Contemporary Art Awards

Blue Oyster Winter Residency, December 2018

Te Arerenga Residency, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, July 2017

Finalist in the New Zealand Paint and Printmaking Awards 2017

Seagers Walters, Mirage Gallery (Winner), 2016

Finalist in the New Zealand Paint and Printmaking Awards 2013


Collections

Te Papa Tongarewa

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri

The Govett-Brewster

The Dowse Art Museum

Waikato Museum

The Fletcher Trust Collection


Reviews/Essays

Homestyle magazine, Issue 103, August/September 2021, pg 46–50

Imperial Vegetables, Lachlan Taylor on Ayesha Green's I thought I heard you crying in the forest, The Art Paper, Issue 00

The Psychogeographer's Dream, David Eggleton, Art New Zealand, Issue 176, Summer 20-21

Meet Ayesha Green, The Artist Unearthing The Language Of Flowers, Viva, February 2021. Read it here

AYESHA GREEN: WAYS OF SEEING, Art Edit, 2021. Read it here

Public art work to function as gateway, Otago Daily Times, 10 June 2020. Read it here

Shaping Aotearoa, M2 Woman, 2020. Read it here

Art News New Zealand, Summer 2019. Text by Lucy Jackson

Art Collector, Issue 89, 2019. Text by Francis McWhannell

Hamster, Issue 4, May 2019. Text by Tia Pohatu

Art New Zealand, Issue 169, Autumn 2019. Text by Edward Hanfling

Matters Aotearoa, Issue 8, 2019. Text by Elle Loui

Art Collector, Issue 84, April 2018. Text by Lucinda Bennett

ArtZone, Issue 70, July 2017. Text by Lily Hacking